Essen 2006 Canonical List
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Ideally this list will include every title released at Spiel 2006, organized by rating average so that the cream will rocket to the top, knocking aside all the lesser games on their way up.

Much of the initial info on this list comes from the good folks at Boardgamenews.com. Add new games to the list as they're announced and added to BGG, and please include the designer and publisher at a minimum.
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26. Board Game: Arkadia [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:480]
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Designer: Rüdiger Dorn
Publisher: Ravensburger

Will the scorn of Celtica be reserved for Dorn?
 
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27. Board Game: Perikles [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:672]
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Designer: Martin Wallace
Publisher: Warfrog
 
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28. Board Game: Hermagor [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:739]
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Designer: Emanuele Ornella
Publisher: Mind the Move/Rio Grande Games/Quined White Goblin
 
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29. Board Game: On the Underground [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:647]
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Designer: Sebastian Bleasdale
Publisher: Rio Grande, JKLM

 
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30. Board Game: Factory Fun [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:563]
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Designer: Corné van Moorsel
Publisher: Cwali
 
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31. Board Game: ConHex [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:2617]
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Designer: Michail Antonow
Publisher: Clemens Gerhards

Previously released in a small print-run by 3-Hirn Verlag, but newly presented at Essen by Clemens Gerhards as a deluxe wooden version.

Inspired by Hex, the famous Piet Hein/John Nash connection game, but introducing a majority control element as players no longer connect sides by a string of playing stones, but instead try to make a chain of majorities in the cells that are surrounded by placing points. It's a chain of controlled cells that needs to link 2 sides of the board to trigger a win, not one made by stones.
 
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32. Board Game: Traders of Osaka [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:753]
David Pugh
Japan
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Designer: Susumu Kawasaki
Publisher: Kawasaki Factory
 
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33. Board Game: Verflixxt nochmal [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked]
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Designers: Wolfgang Kramer & Michael Kiesling
Publisher: Ravensburger

The expansion lets eight people play, one of whom will be cursed and turned into a bird.
 
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34. Board Game: Take it to the Limit! [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:2034]
Richard Breese
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Designer: Ted Burley
Publisher: Burley Games Limited

Take It Easy is a favourite of mine. I'm much looking forward to this new version.
 
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35. Board Game: Leonardo da Vinci [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:643]
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Designer: Acchittocca
Publishers: Abacus Spiele/daVinci Games/Mayfair Games

The name "Acchittocca" represents a team of Italian designers (Archibald, Clarence, Chester, etc.)
 
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36. Board Game: Khan Tsin [Average Rating:6.82 Unranked]
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Designer: Claude Leroy
Publisher: Jactalea

Two-player abstract
 
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37. Board Game: Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:920]
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Designer: Heinrich Glumpler
Publisher: Edition Erlkönig
 
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38. Board Game: Iroquoia: The Beaver Wars [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
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Designer: Aaron Lauster
Publisher: StrataMax

From the publisher's description: "Gain control of the beaver trade." Nuff said.
 
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39. Board Game: Midgard: Das Brettspiel [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:5298]
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Designer: Lutz Stepponat
Publisher: Phantastische-Spielewelten

This is a boardgame based on the popular German RPG Midgard which is celebrating it's 25th anniversary this year.

The boardgame was shown at Essen and is being produced under a P500 preorder system.
 
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40. Board Game: Graenaland [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1594]
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Designer: Vladimír Chvátil
Publisher: Altar Czech Republic

Settle Greenland with Vikings in this more-involved Settlers-ish game.
 
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41. Board Game: Wayfinder [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:4364]
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I'll be bringing 25-30 copies and showing this game at the Sun River/Funagain.com booth. Since Funagain.com has an exclusive and the game is not officially available in Europe, this will be the cheapest way to get the game in Germany. The game will be selling for 25 Euros. If you want to preorder, contact me on this site, and I will hold a copy for you.
 
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42. Board Game: The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow: New Moon [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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Designers: Philippe des Pallières & Hervé Marly
Publisher: Asmodée Editions

Now Werewolf games at the Gathering can last for six or seven hours...
 
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43. Board Game: Italia [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:2675]
 
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Designer: Andreas Steding
Publisher: Phalanx/Mayfair

Fifteen hundred years of Italian history in a game based on one of Steding's earlier games, which used a game system somewhat like Brittania's -- make of that what you will.
 
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44. Board Game: Thurn und Taxis: Der Kurier der Fürstin [Average Rating:6.69 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.69 Unranked]
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Designer: Andreas Seyfarth
Publisher: Hans im Glück/Spielbox

What happened to Karen?
 
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45. Board Game: Midgard [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1366]
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Netherlands
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Designer: Eric M. Lang
Publisher: Z-Man Games
 
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46. Board Game: Lifeboats [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:900]
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Designer: Ronald Wettering
Publishers: Argentum/Z-Man Games

The beloved-and-hated lifeboat game returns, with a title of "Seenot im Rettungsboot" for the German edition and "Lifeboats" for the English one. No pics yet of the new edition, so an old one will be slotted in for now.
 
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47. Board Game: Ave Caesar [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:835]
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Designer: Wolfgang Riedesser
Publishers: Cafe Games/Pro Ludo

The classic game of chariot screwage is finally back in print. The double-track boards are missing, alas, but if sales are good for this version, one can easily envisage them appearing by, say, 2008.
 
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48. Board Game: Die Säulen von Venedig [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1789]
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Designers: Knut Happel & Christian Fiore
Publisher: Goldsieber

 
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49. Board Game: King of Chicago [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:4180]
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Designer: Jeppe K. Jørgensen, Steven B. Camphausen, Rune K. Jørgensen, Morten Primdahl & Jakob Keller
Publisher: Tusbas

Gangsters in 1920s Chicago. I am wary of the comparisons to Risk and Axis & Allies.
 
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50. Board Game: Space Dealer [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1136]
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Edinburgh
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Designer: Tobias Stapelfeldt
Publisher: Eggert-Spiele
 
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